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i am jennifer franciotti. details are next. >> making the case for libya. what the president said and what the secretary of state is doing today to change that countries government. >> more bad news out of the crippled nuclear power plants in japan. officials are describing the situation as a grave. >> it looks like a spring continues to stall. when a lot warmup -- when will it warm up? [captioning made possible by constellation energy group] captioned by the national captioning institute --www.ncicap.org-- >> live, local, late-breaking, this is wbal-tv 11 news today. >> good morning. i am mindy basara. >> and i am stan stovall. thank you for joining us this morning. >> tony pann has a check on the forecast. >> the rest of the week will feel like we jumped backwards to february. back to the future.
for today, not bad. we have clear skies. no rain or snow to talk about. 29 degrees at the airport. maybe colder in the northern suburbs. no wind to speak of. mostly sunny today. 52. that is still way below average for this time of year. first we say good morning to sarah. >> good morning. a few defective traffic lights to talk about. mesa avenue, watch for defective traffic lights. at windsor mill, another problem involving traffic lights. be careful. the jfx is moving well, 61 miles per hour just beyond the beltway. problem-free in terms of delays. five minutes on southbound 95 down to the fort mchenry. on the inner loop, eight minutes
from 795 over towards the 83's. running smoothly to the bay bridge. 795 looks good in the southbound direction. problem-free towards the beltway. that is the latest on traffic pulse 11. back to you. good morning. >> our bookstore, we did what we said we would do. it is not quite mission accomplished. the president told america it we are backing out of the lead in libya at. >> the pressure have muammar gaddafi to step down. >> i refuse to wait for the images of slaughter and mass graves before taking action. >> president obama defends our attacks on libya, saying even though the u.s. wasn't in imminent danger, our interest and values were at stake. but the attacks stopped short, he says, of trying to force muammar gaddafi out. >> if we tried to overthrow gaddafi by force, our coalition
would splinter. we would likely have to put u.s. troops on the ground. >> not an option, the president said. instead, secretary of state hillary clinton is in london today, meeting with countries who want to see a new government in libya. their aim -- pressure gaddafi to step down on his own. >> we tied up his financial assets, the $33 billion. we've got an embargo. he is getting weaker all of the time. >> capitol hill critics still say the president should have consulted congress first. >> we've got to be careful about slipping into these wars. tomorrow, nato takes over. the u.s. takes a back seat. and libya takes center stage as the world's latest front in the fight for freedom. what about other countries like yemen behind syria that are facing similar uprisings? what is our policy there? the president said wherever people want to be free, they will find a friend in the united states. tracie potts, wbal-tv 11 news.
>> that brings us to our water cooler question of the day. do you think the president was effective in conveying his message and goals about the u.s. involvement in libya? you can share your response at wbaltv.com and on our facebook page, or send us an e-mail to email@example.com. >> one of the most influential nations in the middle east is warning the united states to stay at of libyan affairs. it is unwise to repeat past mistakes by intervening in regional unrest. the president of yemen is digging in a missed intensify calls for him to step down. he has vowed to make no more concessions to protesters. sources say a deal is still within reach. police 70 people were killed on monday when a munitions factory that was being looted set off an accidental explosion. >> officials in japan say highly
toxic plutonium is seeping from the damaged nuclear reactor. safety officials say small amounts of the rich iraq to buy a product were found in several spots outside the complex. japanese cabinet officials described the situation as very grave. the official body count from this month's devastating earthquake and tsunami has now topped 11,000. >> the woman accused of setting a fire last april pleads guilty. brittany garcia admitted to setting fire to worse son's father apartment building after flying into a jealous rage after learning she was with another woman. her mother came to reporters defense. >> brittany is a loving, beautiful girl. she is not an arsonist. winnows this was an accident.
a relationship that got out of control. do to an abusive relationship. she was a battered woman. >> garcia could face as many as 15 years in prison. per child father is also behind bars after allegedly threatening garcia, her attorney, and the prosecutor in the case. >> a bit of a scare in annapolis. fire officials investigate a suspicious package. it was discovered at 8:00 a.m. yesterday morning outside a trash bin. members of the bomb squad said the case was empty. in harford county, the sheriff's department is investigating a series of phone calls that forced five schools to investigate yesterday morning. the five schools all received the same school, warning of potential bombs. students were allowed back in school a short time later. >> facing a $65 million budget
deficit, the mayor is making more cuts to her own office. the mayor has found an additional $364,000 in office . the in tw tyre preliminary budget proposal will be brought to the board of estimates. >> dozens of baltimore county high school students had some extra civic hallmark last night. they were hoping to avert -- jennifer franciotti is live a county board headquarters with the story. school >> officials say the budget cuts are necessary. some students are not happy about what this could mean to their education. they took a stand. students and parents and
teachers went to a rally that was organized on facebook. it was outside the baltimore county executive's office. it would force some teachers to be reassigned to other schools. officials plan to cut the number of teachers by about 200, mostly through attrition. students, listen to us. we know what we need and what we don't need. >> we just care about our teachers, and we want a good education. >> officials say they have no furloughs or layoffs planned. they do say everyone who was eligible for a pay increase will get one. we'll have more coming up at 6:30. jennifer franciotti, wbal-tv 11 news. >> ben cardin is taking a home grown paprogram to a national level. i>> that i think will help in
making sure that anyone who attacks a police officer, that we do everything that we can to bring the person to justice, to get the person off the street, and to get that information out as quickly as possible. >> florida, oklahoma, texas, delaware, alabama, california, georgia, mississippi, and virginia have all approved state wide blue alert systems. >> 5:09. 33 degrees on tv hill. coming up, the morning's financial news in the bloomberg business report. >> one of the largest retailers is the subject of a class action lawsuit. find out who is taking walmart to court and why. >> could baby aspirin be a good deterrent to: cancer? -- colon cancer.
baltimore. i'm not forecasting that for the next few days. you'll see some snow flakes drifting around from time to time. some snow is in the forecast. 26 and parkton. right now, the skies are clear. we will see plenty of sunshine. there is another storm gathering on the other side of the mountains. it is a pretty weak one. it does have rain and snow associated with it. we will be on the fence line between rain and snow and tomorrow. mostly sunny skies today. we might see a few clouds move in. temperatures will make it into the low 50s. better than yesterday. temperatures drop back into the 30's tonight. tomorrow, the center of the storm will pass south of us through the carolinas.
we will be on the northern fringe of the precipitation. it will stay cloudy and chilly with off and on rainshowers and probably some snow mixing in on wednesday. temperatures will be above freezing. the roads will be fine. that is the forecast for the next four days. there will be a series of storms and we will have a chance for rain or snow on thursday, friday, and saturday. the average high temperature is close to 60 by the time we get to the weekend. the orioles' home opener is on monday. we hope temperatures jump back into the upper 50's. >> have a problem on southbound 95 that will impact a lot of motorists. we have to export lanes closed with a multiple vehicle accident. 20 miles per hour approaching that stretch. even worse when you get closer
to the accident scene. take the east side of it beltway if you can. we have a defective traffic light and another at windsor mill. everything running smoothly on the rest of the major roadways. this is traffic in the area of 895, south of 95, showing some delays. this is focused on at 95. you can see how extensive the delays are in the southbound direction. two lanes are closed just passed moravia road. is 795. moving well and the southbound direction towards the beltway. that is the latest on traffic pulse 11. >> the supreme court looks at the super sized lawsuit involving a super sized real job. arguments on a class action suit against wal-mart. ks could involve more than 1
million current and former employees. they claim male workers earn more money and receive better promotion. one person is dead after a tractor-trailer sales off an overpass in kansas. the truck went off the bridge yesterday afternoon landing on a will or tracks below. a second person is hurt. a high oil patrol officers that there is no indication the driver tried to break. as a people are expected to protest a restriction of -- lawmakers are poised to pass the legislation through house committee today. the next stop is the full house vote and then the governor's desk. changes are needed so local governments can save money. >> despite low mortgage rates,
first-time home buyers appear to be taking a breather. 34% of existing home purchases were made by first-time buyers last month. those first-time buyers generally make up 40% of all purchases in a healthy market. expire tax credits and competition from cash buyers are keeping them from buying. the ipad 2 is making a stop at some british shacks stores -- at some radioshack stores. the ipad has seen strong demand and sellouts since it first went on sale earlier this month. wendy's is planning price hikes. more thieves are targeting baby formula. jane king has more in the bloomberg
business report. >> you may have noticed some drug stores putting baby formula under lock and key. some of the -- theft of baby formula is on the rise. some use it to cut the strength of cocaine and heroin sen. letters from six states are looking to pass legislators to curb the theft of medical items such as prescription drugs and baby formula. prices at wendy's are on the way up. he says higher beef prices are up. consumer shares declined over concern of hazardous materials at the nuclear plant in japan. the bloomberg maryland index was floor on losses to marriott.
seems the going out of business sales at borders are not as big bargains as some had hoped. items like boxed sets of dvd's were still cheaper on amazon forces borders -- versus border uld change. i'm jane king reporting for wbal-tv 11 news. >> colon cancer is one cancer that can be avoided if we'll get colonoscopies when we're supposed to. baby aspirin is good for -- the colonoscopy is the best way to avoid getting colon cancer. in a large study, aspirin can also be a tool. >> over 14,000 patients in the
study. what they showed was that on a baby aspirin, you can reduce your risk of cancer of the colon by up to 30%. >> that study found a baby aspirin was just as effective as a full strength aspirin at preventing colon cancer. you can see the full interview on a website, wbaltv.com. people most of what search the internet for unfamiliar diseases, especially after diagnosis. we found the most searched elements are among the most common. you can see what they look like under the microscope. >> 33 degrees on tv hill. >> the clock is ticking until the orioles games start counting. how did they make out last night? >> don't forget to e-mail us your response to our water cooler question of the day.
do you think the president was effective in conveying his message and goals about the u.s. involvement in libya? you can share your response at wbaltv.com and on our facebook page, or send us an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. >> here is a look at last night's winning maryland lottery numbers. good luck.
>> now traffic pulse 11 and insta-weather plus together. >> good morning. we have a jam on southbound 95 near moravia road. we have a five-vehicle accident. only the left lane is squeezing by. watch for heavy delays. we have some defective traffic lights at windsor mill. delays developing on the west side. the big issue is on southbound 95. this is traffic at the 895 split. outbound traffic is on the right. delays on both of those major roadways. we will show you your best alternate, the beltway at pulaski highway. things running smoothly so far of the east side. that is the latest on traffic pulse 11. >> a quiet start for us. but is cold. clear skies. 29 at the airport. 30 degrees in frederick.
mostly sunny. a bid on the cool side. better the yesterday with a high temperature near 52 degrees. we will check the seven-day forecast coming up in just a few minutes. first we send it over to the man. here is keith mills. >> thank you. the countdown continues to opening day. this season can happen soon enough for the red hot orioles. they play their final spring training day today against the blue jays after hammering the tigers yesterday. no one did more harm than luke scott. first inning. bases loaded. max scherzer rose about 100. luke scott hit it out hard. grand slam home run. luke scott also had a another home run. zach britton it is expected to start the year in norfolk. brian matusz hit in the arm. his status is up in the air.
jake fox hit his 10th home run for the month. one of 18 orioles hits. jake arrieta makes his final start today against the jays. as possible. hats off to brittany mallory. last like, she helped notre dame upset tennessee to earn a spot in the final four. the irish eyes are off smiling. they beat tennessee for the first time ever. despite this heave at the halftime buzzer. a big brouhaha. birth 32 goes down. big kelly kane of tennessee falls on top of her and gets a technical. goes in for the lapsyup.
notre dame wins. that is another member of the notre dame team. is one of the best high school players ever in baltimore. ray rice will not be on the over of this year's madden video game. he was outvoted by paying hellton hillis. cover is said to be cursed. that guy, he gets it. is like a magnet. >> thank you. 33 degrees on tv hill. much more to come -- >> high school students concerned about proposed education budget cuts host a
>> live, local, late-breaking, this is wbal-tv 11 news today. >> good morning, everybody. welcome back. i am stan stovall. >> and i'm mindy basara. thank you for joining us this morning. tony pann has a quick look at today's forecast. >> good morning. today it will turn out to be a nice day. a bit on the cool side. we're in the upper 20's and low 30's. we will make it up to 52 this afternoon with lots of sunshine. we do have some rain and snow in the seven-day forecast. for now, to the news desk. >> president obama makes his case for u.s. involvement in libya. >> the address last night was his first televised speech since coalition air strikes began. kate amara joins us live with more on that. good morning. >> president obama announced that nato will take over command
and control of the entire operation of libya on wednesday. as allied attacks continue to pound muammar gaddafi's forces across libya, president obama defended the war. >> in this particular country, libya, at this particular moment, we were faced with a prospect of violence on a horrific scale. we had a unique ability to stop that violence. >> in an address to the nation, president obama said the international coalition is needed to protect civilians and announced the u.s. will transition to a supporting role tomorrow. >> and i am fully confident that our coalition will keep the pressure on gaddafi's remaining forces. >> secretary of state hillary clinton is in london today for an international conference on the crisis. she will meet with nato allies, arab partners, and members of the libyan opposition. and while president obama ruled out targeting muammar gaddafi -- >> broadening our military
mission to include regime change would be a mistake. >> senator john mccain said the u.s. should be trying to push gaddafi out. >> he's a danger to the world. the longer he stays in power, the more dangerous he becomes. >> in a statement, house speaker john boehner said the speech did not provide much clarity. kate amara, wbal-tv 11 news. >> what other kinds of comments are we hearing about the speech? >> lots of criticism from republicans that the president did not offer any details on the cost rates thailand. the bill is planned to introduce to force the president to stop military operations in libya until we get congressional approval. >> kate amara, thank you. >> has been three months and no sign of phylicia barnes. her disappearance while visiting family has left investigators
stomumped. 25 people have been interviewed. so far, no one person stands out. her half sisters exports from was the last person to see her alive. he has not been named a suspect. >> i am the first to say you should get the advice of an attorney. in this case, a missing person, what does he have to hide? it seems he is less likely the key. >> police are working with the fbi to find barnes. if you have any information, you are asked to call metro crime stoppers, or you can send a text -- text the letters mcs followed by your message to "crimes."
>> jennifer franciotti is live in towson. >> some high school students organize this rally through facebook. they do not want their education to suffer because of budget cuts. >> i can't believe this is happening. like, i need to do something. >> these students are two of the most motivated and maddened high school students around. >> we just care about our teachers, and we want a good education. >> through facebook, the towson high school juniors organized a student rally monday night outside the baltimore county executive's office to protest funding cuts to county high schools. >> i think that our education is more important than some of the other things that they are spending money on. >> the cuts would reduce the number of classes available and force some teachers to be reassigned to other schools. officials plan to cut the number of teachers by about 200, mostly through attrition. a science teacher who came to
the rally told us off-camera he's already been told he's being reassigned to another school, and he doesn't know where or what he'll teach. >> it seems to me what's happening is that they are cutting some of the teachers that teach the classes that are less important to how the school is ranked. >> in an e-mail sent to 11 news before the rally, county school officials say all teachers will continue to be employed. no layoffs or furloughs. and principals plan for their staffing needs according to student enrollment. principals do not make the final decisions on staffing until august. school officials say despite the budget proposal, all eligible teachers will receive their pay increases. jennifer franciotti, wbal-tv 11 news. >> in harford county, the president of the school board said he is stepping down. he announced he is stepping down
to take a position at the nsa. it was scheduled to complete his second term as president in june. >> now traffic pulse 11 and insta-weather plus together. >> good morning to you. we have a big mess on the roads on southbound 95. we have an accident at the 895 split. just passed river road, southbound 95, three lanes are closed because of an accident. 15 miles per hour on average through the stretch of the beltway down towards moravia road. take the east side of the beltway. windsor mill, watch for defective traffic lights. normal delays on the outer loop west side. 23 miles per hour. a quick live look outside.
it is such a mess on southbound 95 heading down towards moravia and the accident just in to us at the split. 895 is jammed up as well. the east side of the beltway. that is the latest on traffic pulse 11. >> we have clear skies right now. it will be a beautiful sunrise in a few minutes. 29 at the airport. it will warm up into the 50's this afternoon. that is still below average. lots of sunshine. a chance for light rain and snow wednesday, thursday, friday, and saturday, with temperatures in the 40's. it looks like we will jump back about a month, right back into february. >> fabulous. great. 33 degrees on tv hill.
did you ever have one of those days? still not go so well for this raccoon -- things did not go well for this raccoon. he just wanted a snack. >> we are still taking your answers to our water cooler question of the day. do you think the president was effective in conveying his message and goals about the u.s. involvement in libya? you can share your response at wbaltv.com and on our facebook page, or send us ae-mail to email@example.com.
the french spider-man has climbed the eiffel tower and china's tallest building. he calls this his biggest challenge yet. he was required to use wrote for his client in order to get permission. >> he got permission this time. -- he was required to use rope. >> a racoon got caught in a sticky situation on sunday. this raccoon got his head stuck inside a scabby peanut butter ppy peanut butter jar. they all said they could not help. accrue from long island came to
the rest appeared the jar fell off as they used a poll to grab the animal. he scampered off. >> did he get his peanut butter? >> just enough to get him in trouble. >> 33 degrees on tv hill. coming up, we will check the morning headlines. >> bumper-to-bumper on southbound 95. two accidents to avoid. >> that is how you get a nickname for life -- skimpy the raccoon -- skippy. here's a look outside. we have a beautiful sunrise in a few minutes. few minutes.
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investigating a deadly shooting in randallstown. shots are fired a few minutes before midnight last night. officers found a male victim suffering from a gunshot wound. he did not survive. no word on a suspect or motive. a projected 65 million budget deficit, the mayor is making more cuts to her own office. the mayor has found an additional $364,000 in office bendix two/. that brings the total deduction to just under 20%. the city finance department will present the entire preliminary budget proposal to the board of estimates. president obama defended u.s. involvement in libya. the president said the international military mission is helping to protect civilians. nato will take over command and control over the entire operation on wednesday.
the speech is drawing mixed reactions. republicans are criticizing the president that he did not offer cost or its timeline. >> that brings us to our water cooler question of the day. >> this morning we asked -- do you think the president was effective in conveying his message and goals about the u.s. involvement in libya? >> we will post more of your answers on the front page of wbaltv.com. the health of the chesapeake bay needs to go on a pollution diet.
ben cardin presented the results of a new report that shows cutting back lawn fertilizer should be a major part of that effort. lowell melser has details. >> it looks like the chesapeake bay is little overweight when it comes to pollution. the u.s. environmental protection agency says the bay needs to go on a diet. a great start would be lawn fertilizer. >> we find grassy areas are part of the problem. in reality, they need to be part of the solution. >> almost 1 million and a half acres in maryland are occupied by turf grass. because of that extensive coverage, when we fertilize our lawn, a lot of it is running into the bay. >> there are ways to of healthy
and sustainable lawns where we don't need to be putting conventional fertilizers on there. >> lows in the lawn care business disagree with the report. fertilizer is safe for the environment, as long as it is applied correctly. >> if you get it on sidewalks or on hard surfaces, drop was, yes, that runs off. if it is on the turf, it gets absorbed and it does not run off. >> several bills with surprising agreement that would change how fertilizer is applied and what is in it. state laws were told everyone responsible. >> the private sector is doing their role. each homeowner can also do a more effective job in helping us clean up the bay.
>> take a closer look at informant, you can log on to our website, wbaltv.com. in baltimore, i am lowell melser, wbal-tv 11 news. >> now traffic pulse 11 and insta-weather plus together. >> good morning. we continue to do what problems on southbound 95. we have two accidents and now a disabled vehicle. we have an accident southbound at the split and for the sow, multiple vehicles involved just passed moravia road. avoid 95 if you can get off of the beltway and take the east side. 19 miles per hour on average. 36 on the northeast side and moving pretty well. a bit of a west side delays development at 795. it is a mess on 95, not moving at all. safety east side of the beltway.
this is at the key bridge and so far running smoothly. watch for delays developing. that is the latest on traffic pulse 11. now we check in with tony. >> it is hard to make it snow this time of year. but it does happen. we have a turnaround to winter in the forecast. back in 1942, we have the start of a big snowstorm. 22 inches of snow here in baltimore. i'm not talking about that kind of stuff for us. we have some snow in the forecast for later this week. 26 in parkton. the skies are clear. it will be a beautiful sunrise in just a few minutes. maybe if you high, thin clouds will start to move them. the next storm system is coming across the midwest and producing light rain and snow across illinois and indiana. that will visit us tomorrow with
a chance for a light rain and snow. it should be pretty nice until it gets here. high temperature expected in the low 50s this afternoon. that is still way below average for this time of year. thickening clouds tonight. temperatures drop back into the 30's. tomorrow, the center of the storm will pass south of us. we will be on the northern fringe of the precipitation shield and on the fence between the rain- . we will probably seek a mix of rain and snow. it is hard to get these notes to stick because the sun angle is so high. you don't have to worry about the roads. 45 is the expected high temperature on wednesday with some light rain or snow showers. that is the forecast all the way through the beginning of the weekend. maybe some light rain or snow thursday and friday and saturday with high temperatures staying
in the 40's. friday is people first and we're still talking about the possibility of some snow. the orioles' home opener is on monday. for the next few days, it will stay cold. >> dozens of baltimore county high school students have some civic homework last night. they turned out to support their school system. jennifer franciotti joins us live from towson with the story it. >> whoever said young people do not care do not know the young people who showed up last night. these high school students organize this frolic through facebook. students and parents and even teachers showed up last night for this rally. the proposed budget cuts would reduce the number of class is available. officials plan to cut the number of teachers by about 200, mostly
by attrition. we were assured there will be no furloughs or layoffs. this came from the baltimore county of education. despite the latest budget proposal, all of those teachers who are eligible and on top to receive pay increases will get them. jennifer franciotti, wbal-tv 11 news. >> thank you. here's matt lauer with a look at what's coming up next on the "today" show. >> good morning. much more on president obama's addressed to the nation as the lay out his case for involvement in libya. some say he failed to answer key questions about that mission. the snow border who was trapped upside down and his dramatic call for help. he will share his story. john f. kennedy jr.'s former pro friend opens up about their relationship in a live
and two left lanes squeezing by. it is a mess. accident on southbound at the split. that is off to the side. 20 miles per hour on average through that stretch. we'll show you what looks like. it is not moving at all heading south proper avoid it by taking the east side of the beltway down towards the key bridge. >> you mentioned 22 inches of snow bacchant 1942. >> we do have a light rain and snow in the forecast. but nothing like that. today will be a nice day. we will make it up to 52. a chance for a light rain and snow each day through the beginning of the weekend. it is hard to get the snow to stick this time of year. the roads will be ok. >> unless it is 1942. >> tune to am 1090 to hear